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NOTES AND COMMENTS

(By Sir Bedivere.) Studmasters and owners are reminded that nominations are duo this evening for a large number of w.f.a. and {.pedalweight events. ( Gold Crest, who made his reappearance in tho Flying Handicap at Marton, had not raced since ho unsuccessfully contested the Farewell Handicap a>, tho Wangonui Autumn Meeting in 1910. He has since done stud duty lor two or throo I eeasonß, "and is now in his tenth year. By all accounts the only really cowl three-year.old in England >V Lord Derby's colt Light Brigade, by Pioton out of Bridgo of Sighs, who unfortunately was not engaged in tho classic events. Ho has won each of his six races this year in impressive style, and it is worthy of note that albeit, he did not rank quite among tho first-class division last year, ho beat Aboyeur at 31b in the Free Handicap lun at the Newhiarkofc. October Meeting, which fell to this season's Oaks winner Jest. On 23rd July the Derby winneu Aboyeur ran third to Aghdoe' and Night Hawk in the St. George Stakes at Liverpool. His performance is spoken of as a poor one, that further emphasised the weakness of the present season's three-year-olds. The tenth volume of the Australian Stud Book, which has just been published, contains the names of 3500 mares. Lists of recently-imported stallions are also included. The Seaton Dolaval mare Gladsome, who is an inmate of Mr. S. Green's Shipley ,Stud, has produced a colt to Comedy King. With the exception of Allansford, who contested half-a-dozen events last season without onco getting into the money, all Gladsomo's previous foals were fillies by Positano. In the Queensland Legislative Assembly recently Mr. Gunn gave notice of intention to move at a future date, "That in tho opinion of this House legislation Bhould i>o introduced to aboaßh proprietary racing in Queensland." The Sporting Times concluded its remarks on tho Wootton-Siovier case as follows:— "Tho precis© result of the action which has just been concluded, it would be difficult and dangerous to foretell, but wo may hazard a guess that Mr. Wootton will not be training in England after tho close of the present season." The cable has since said that Wootton is coming back to Australia next year, but that his establishment at Epsomwill be carried on by his sons. The American-bred pacing stallion' Mauritius, who was 'stationed for some time in Canterbury and ran his last race in New Zealand in 1906, won the Flying Handicap at the Melbourne Trotting Club's, Meeting last month. ;' "Robin Hood" ( of the Australasian ventures the opinion that the costs in connection with the Wootton-Siovier case must have amounted to £1000 a day or £8000 in all. Assuming this estimate to be anywhere near the mark, this instance of alleged anxiety on tho part of the Winning Post proprietary to expose fraud and protect the sporting public has proved expensive. In Witched, who scored in tho Haok Hurdles at Marton, tho Hon. J. D. Ormond is said to own a promising young fencer. Although five-years-old Witched had not bo far as 1 can determine, raced previously. He is a son of Birkenhead and Witchet, whose threequarter Bister Elf iB tho dam of Bloriot. Golden i Glade, who scored an unexpected Victory at Marton, is one of the team J. M. Cameron recently brought back from Australia. \ . Notwithstanding an expenditure of over £21,000 for improvements the A.J.O. made a profit ot nearly £17,000 on last season's operations. The year's revetfue to £141,238 6s lid of which the public, by way of admission fees to t course, subscribed £88,614 7s. The chief item of expenditure, being prize money, amounted to £77,484, it sum that is to be increased this season to the extent of £8000. Still they go! T. Lloyd and P. M'Laughlin arrived in Wellington yea-; torday, and aro leaving for Sydney this afternoon. Lloyd is taking over Glenmore and Marton, and M'Laughlin is in charge of Prince Eddie, Loch Maben, and Daybrcak> Somebody who evidently knowe, or' thinks he knows, something, stepped in yesterday, and backed Emperador for tho New Zealand Cup to such effect that the Charlemagne 11. geldtng quickly rose to the. position of Favourite. Tho commission was certainly not worked on behalf of tho horso's owner,' Mr. 6. D." Greenwood, for he does ,not bet. All the betting R. <J\ Maeon does is pretty harmless (an occasional pound or two on what he thinks is "next best" when one. of his own is running), * and it would therefore be interesting to know who was at the back of it. Emperador is un? questionably the most fashionably-bred gelding in this country for he is by a son of St. Simon from a daughter of Ladas and Flying Fox's own sister Vano* There are however, several reasons foir doubling his ability to win a New Zealand Cup. First his, sire's stock, 80 far an has been seen of them, are far moi'b partial to short than to long courses, Secondly, Emperador carries his head too high ; and thirdly there lias been uo suggestion about his form that ho will stay. It is to be admitted, of course that he has not yet been tried over a journey, and that horses who carried their heads perhaps higher than he does— Advance for instance— have proved capable of getting any distance. Still even twice the odds obtainablo about him would not tempt me, and the recently . worked commission notwithstanding, it will not surprise me in the least if, in the event ot Mr. Greenwood being represented in the cup at all, Cherubini should be the horse to carry his colours.

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NOTES AND COMMENTS, Evening Post, Volume LXXXVI, Issue 58, 5 September 1913

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